Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Strong and Steady
Episode 5  |  SBS  |  May 14, 2018
Classification: Mature Classification: Mature
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The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981 marked the beginning of a golden age for the Queen and the monarchy. The Queen had rarely been more popular, but these years were not without challenges, especially in the political sphere. The Queen had a female prime minister for the very first time - Margaret Thatcher. It was an awkward relationship and Thatcher's politics often put the Queen in difficult situations. On one key occasion during a commonwealth conference in Zambia, she had to step in diplomatically to prevent a simmering conflict between her African commonwealth nations and Thatcher over the political leadership of Rhodesia. Despite their personal uneasiness, the two managed to work together, navigating the diplomatic challenges of the Falklands conflict with skill.

The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981 marked the beginning of a golden age for the Queen and the monarchy. The Queen had rarely been more popular, but these years were not without challenges, especially in the political sphere. The Queen had a female prime minister for the very first time - Margaret Thatcher. It was an awkward relationship and Thatcher's politics often put the Queen in difficult situations. On one key occasion during a commonwealth conference in Zambia, she had to step in diplomatically to prevent a simmering conflict between her African commonwealth nations and Thatcher over the political leadership of Rhodesia. Despite their personal uneasiness, the two managed to work together, navigating the diplomatic challenges of the Falklands conflict with skill.

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